Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Almond Cookies

I was on a cooking spree yesterday with some mishaps and triumphs. I would call the recipe I am sharing today, which is Martha Stewart's, a huge success! The cookies are buttery with a refreshing orange zest flavor.  Loved it!

Almond Cookies


Success in the kitchen always puts me in a good mood.  But there are more reasons why I am jaunty.  ‘Life of Pi’ by Yann Martel.  The book has been around for a while.  It won the Booker Prize in 2002 to be precise.  Since I am the kind who takes books from the library, I read most of them after everyone else has.  At the risk of sounding outdated, let me just say the book is quite inspiring and I am enjoying every word in it  Just like we pick every morsel from a plate of deliciousness, I am lapping up every word in this book.  What fun it is when you can have a cup of coffee and have a good book to keep you company.  Oh, yes and let's not  forget the cookies.  Yum!

Almond Cookies

Plenty of orange juice for me today having cut open the oranges in the name of photography.

Almond Cookies

Ingredients:
Almond – 1 cup
All purpose flour – 1 cup
Unsalted Butter – ½ cup
Orange zest – of one navel orange
Egg – 1 whole and 1 white
Sugar – ¾ cup
Baking Soda – ½ tspn
Salt – ½ tspn
Method:
1. Boil about 2 or 3 cups of water and add the almond in and cook for 1 to 2 minutes
2. Strain the water and cool the almonds off under tap water
3. Peel the skin of almonds and dry off on a tissue paper
4. Microwave the almonds for a minute on high
5. Set aside about 28 whole almonds and grind the remaining to make almond meal. Neither too fine nor coarse
6. Use your hand blender to beat sugar and butter (at room temperature) until fluffy
7. Continue beating after adding 1 whole egg and the orange zest
8. Mix all purpose flour, salt and baking soda and gradually add it to the above mixture continuing to beat to form the dough
9. Once that comes together, which will only take about 2 to 3 minutes, mix in the almond meal. Do not beat the almond in but only mix
10. Preheat the oven to 350 D F
11. Form small balls of dough, as much as will fit a tablespoon, and set on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
12. Press the whole almonds in the center
13. Beat the egg white and brush it over the cookies and bake at 350D F for 12 to 15 minutes

Notes:
1. You can keep the egg yolk for the extra egg you will break open and once you are finished with egg white there will be enough remaining to mix them up and make an omelet.

2. Nothing to do with the recipe: I can write 'omelet' and still be right because I am in the US. It's a blessing some of these spellings have been simplified! If you are in Britain or India, please correct the spelling to 'omelette.'

Courtesy: Martha Stewart
Contributed by: Sunitha

55 comments:

  1. Cookies are too tempting...love ur presentation!:)
    Smitha
    http://smithasspicyflavors.blogspot.com/

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  2. Scrumptious and damn pretty looking cookies..

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  3. These cookies look awesomely crispy and delicious..perfect for dipping into hot tea..:)

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  4. Simply tempting Cookies
    http://www.panchamrutham.blogspot.com/

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  5. Very tasty looking cookies to go with coffee. The first pic is too good!!

    US Masala

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  6. Yumm, very tempting and mouthwatering ...

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  7. The cookies are quiet popular in Chinese stores. I have made eggless version, this one looks perfect Gal!

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  8. wow...wat a click..& cookies..yum yum

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  9. Wonderful clicks...lovely cookies:)

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  10. Save one of those babies for me - they look perfectly delicious!

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  11. Looks so cute and delicious... Nice presentation.

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  12. Adipoli cookies. I have tried an eggless version. love the clicks.

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  13. not sure id like citrus flavours in my cookies, but yes the almond does inspire me 2 bake a batch as well:)

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  14. Healthy and tempting cookies...Too gud clicks and presentation.

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  15. droooooooling and mouthwatering cookies with amazing pics...yummmm...love to dip this in hot hot coffee

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  16. Almond cookies look so crispy and crunchy. Excellent preparation.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  17. yummy cookies! And orange is good for you too!

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  18. Love the Cookies and Clicks. :-)

    -Mythreyi
    Yum! Yum! Yum!

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  19. superb presentation...crispy n perfect cookies da!

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  20. I read Life of Pi sometime last year as I too depend on the library for most of my reading :)I was so overwhelmed by the book that it kept haunting me for days after I had finished reading it. I wrote my first ever book review for this book on my blog because I just HAD to share my experience of this book with others as well. Looking forward to hearing your opinion of this book AFTER you have finished it. :)

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  21. Clciks are amazing and no wonder ur cookies taste very yum.loved ur first click very much

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  22. Bookmarked. First time to ur blog and love the collection of recipes.

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  23. I'm drooling....love these. Almond cookies are always my favourite. Thanks very much for sharing. MaryMoh at http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com

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  24. I love the cookie bos and the cookies so can you parcel me both :-)
    I have not made cookies for ages, that is what happens when daughter gorws up and go to college. I will make one these and send it for her when she goes back to her place after weekend so she canshare with her friends there :-)

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  25. Looks very inviting and yum ...love the pics

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  26. aah! none of the blogger friends are located nearby or else once they try such kinds of orange photography, i would have had a lot of juice and tried their recipes... mmm... bhagyamilla, entha chaiya

    you said it right " a kadi with a chaya is good" I started drinking coffee on insistance from the lady in the office and I feel uneasy when I do not have one. So I am planning to stop it. I will try lemon juice instead. Let her work on the juice then... :)

    cookies look good, just like the shop bought...lucky kutties and husband... enthoke karikyam...


    "I am also lucky as I have a lot of bakeries nearby" :)

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  27. Beautiful presentation and yummy perfect cookies

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  28. Oh, they look so cute and sweet. I just want to munch them.

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  29. We shal never forget such lovely cookies, hope you ate a ton, i will if i were you, looks so good. Loved the styling too, especially the way you placed the towel.

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  30. Perfect and crispy..tempting cookies dear,adipoli.

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  31. love the almond flavor in cookies..they look awesome..i love martha stewart recipes...

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  32. love the almond flavor in cookies..they look awesome..i love martha stewart recipes...

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  33. as usual the clicks are so tempting.. yummy recipe..

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  34. awesome photography!!looks so delicious.

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  35. Love almond cookies..Beautiful presentation n pics!

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  36. wow nice recipe and as always pics are beautiful

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  37. Nice presentation, looks crispy and yummy.

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  38. I agree; there is nothing like a good book and a good cookie..lol These look so delicious. I would love them with a cup of tea:)

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  39. Those looks fantastic Sunitha...Very pretty presentation ;-)

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  40. WOW amazing cookies..love it!!!

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  41. Delicious looking crispy cookies...look so good

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  42. Awesome clicks, beautiful preparation

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  43. First time to your blog.. Lovely space.. Nice clicks.

    Bhalo Khabo

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